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Old 11-23-2009, 09:42 AM
Syzygies Syzygies is offline
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Cloning system while preserving target identity (e.g. DynDNS)

Is there a master thread here to collect facts relevant to cloning a system while preserving the identity of the target machine?

I have a growing number of Macs (the new Mac mini rocks hooked up to a living room monitor, if one has internet but no cable or TV tuner), and I use SD! to clone a master system to each Mac. One wants, however, to avoid overwriting various personality files, updating such clones.

For example, if one uses DynDNS Updater to sync a domain name with the dynamic IP address of each Mac, it is tedious to straighten out the mess after two machines duel for the same domain. One prevents this by not overwriting the folder /usr/local/dyndns/Accounts as I describe in the external thread How to clone OS X without overwriting DynDNS identity.

Is there a site anywhere that catalogs an attempt at a complete list of facts like this? One has to be actively involved, it would be too much to ask for SuperDuper! to provide a default script for this, as the choices are idiosyncratic with each of our peculiar needs.

Some issues are quite standard; we simply risk forgetting some of them without community help. The Computer Name as set in Sharing preferences. The whole "ignore ownership" bit for external disks; if the clone sees a drive the master never sees, this risks getting reset on every clone update. And so forth...
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